Saturday, 4 September 2010

Preview Superman: Earth One... Epic FAIL or Epic WIN?

The Earth One series will play a similar role for DC as the Ultimate series does for Marvel. That is, restarting the entire fictional universe from scratch for the present day. First in the series is Superman: Earth One, by writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Shane Davis. Check out the preview pages of the book after these snippets and see what they've done to Superman...

"Set in an all-new continuity re-imagining DC's top heroes, EARTH ONE is a new wave of original, stand-alone graphic novels" -- DC Comics

"In SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE - the first original graphic novel retelling Superman's origin -- Clark Kent is a man looking for meaning in a new city and an age of failing newspapers, hand-held devices and instant gratification. But when you can fly through the sky and burn objects with a glance - things become a tad more complicated. Doubly so when a fleet of alien ships arrive on your doorstep." -- The Source

Superman: Earth One preview (click images for full size):

I see a guy with Superman's powers but I don't see Superman.

I'm a big fan of Marvel's Ultimate run (especially Ultimate X-Men and the Ultimates) but I'm going to need further convincing of DC's Earth One. It appears that in attempt to make Superman more appealing to a new audience, they've made him mope around carrying a ton of angst and an emo haircut. Does the curse of Twighlight extend to DC now? The whole angry heat vision stare is so over-used now and such a blatent way to try and make Superman more "bad-ass". And, wait, did he just burn that mugger's hair off?!

What's wrong with this? Well, for starters that's what Batman's for. Batman is the dark moody one that balances out Superman's awe-inspiring optimism.

One can only hope that the pages in this preview take place just after Jonathan Kent's (Clark's adopted father) death. That might justify the moping but even then you'd think he'd stay with his mom during that time rather than abandoning her for a new life in the city.

If they did it right, perhaps a new audience could be drawn in and I certainly would enjoy a fresh start to the DC universe.

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